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4 Engine Noises That Require Immediate Attention

All vehicles make some odd noises on a regular basis. When you hear any unique unusual sounds, then it indicates that immediate attention is required.
When you hear noise coming from your vehicle's engine, your first thought usually involves hope that it will go away on its own. Unfortunately, unless a critter is stuck and trying to flee, engine noise seldom disappears. If you’re hearing any of these noises, call an expert from Main Street Mechanic, or bring it into the shop immediately to get the issue diagnosed. 


When you hear the “clicking” sound like somebody is tap-dancing under the hood of your vehicle, then you must immediately try to assess the problem. The clicking noise may imply that your vehicle is low on oil. This may be because of an oil leakage, a poor oil pump, or not enough oil. If any of these sounds occur when you accelerate, this indicates some abnormal combustion streams. Many issues can arise if not properly checked and fixed. 


If you hear your engine grind when you start your vehicle, then you need to get the starter motor checked. It might just need adjusting. Occasionally, the starter motor needs a replacement.

A bigger problem exists if you hear grinding when shifting gears. This major warning sign signals problems with your transmission. If you drive a manual transmission, it likely needs replacing.


If you hear sizzling sounds coming from under your hood once you have turned off the engine, there is a very high chance that there is a leak because the hissing noise is almost always a result of the leaking fluid coming into contact with your hot engine. Visiting your mechanic is the best solution so that this does not lead to more serious problems.


Squealing noise occurs especially when you apply the brakes, which could be embarrassing when you are in the midst of heavy traffic. More often, the reason for this noise is the buildup of dirt on the brake rotors, drums, pads or shoes. However, you need to get it checked immediately because the noise also sometimes occurs because of improperly mounted brake calipers or worn brake pads. We have technicians that can precisely diagnose the underlying problem in your vehicle.

As always, if you are nervous about any noises coming from your vehicle it’s always best to get it checked by a professional. Our trained technicians at Main Street Mechanic can do a thorough diagnosis to make sure your car has no underlying issues. Whatever the issues, Main Street Mechanic is here to help. Schedule an appointment online at or stop by when you need any mechanic services done.

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